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MAMBERTOU, or MEMBERTOU, Henry, Indian chief, born in Acadia about 1506: died there, 18 September, 1611. He was met in 1606 by Marc Lescarbot, who affirms that he was then a hundred years old, and who relates his life in his " Histoire de la Nouvelle France" and sings his military exploits in his "Muses de la Nouvelle France." According to his account and those of other travellers of the time, Mambertou was a brave and able warrior, with nothing of the savage in his appearance or manners, he learned the French language, but declined to receive baptism until he was fully instructed in the Christian religion. He was then baptized and called Henry after Henry IV. On the arrival of the missionaries Peter Biard and Enemond Masse, early in 1611, he was of great assistance to them, as he had acquired an authority in Acadia that no chief before him had been able to exercise. He fell sick just as his aid was becoming necessary to the progress of the colony and the establishment of the Christian religion. Although for a time he insisted on being buried among his kindred and with certain Indian rites, he finally yielded to the missionaries, and left it to them to give him burial where they thought proper.
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